Mayor still re­fuses to go

Guardian Express - - FRONT PAGE - By JU­LIAN WRIGHT

LORD Mayor Lisa Scaf­fidi will make one last-ditch ef­fort to re­main in her role after the State Ad­min­is­tra­tive Tri­bunal yes­ter­day dis­qual­i­fied her for 18 months.

It will be a race against time for Ms Scaf­fidi, with her dis­qual­i­fi­ca­tion ef­fec­tive from mid­night Thurs­day.

The Tri­bunal handed down its penalty after find­ing Ms Scaf­fidi’s fail­ure to de­clare thou­sands of dol­lars in gifts and travel was due to “gross care­less­ness”.

It de­cided it was “not a case of in­ten­tional wrong­do­ing”, de­spite Ms Scaf­fidi twice be­ing re­minded of her obli­ga­tions by the City’s chief ex­ec­u­tive.

Ms Scaf­fidi tweeted a state­ment about five hours after the de­ci­sion was handed down, say­ing she would “con­tinue to fight” the pun­ish­ment.

“I will be ap­ply­ing to the Supreme Court for a stay of penalty un­til the ap­peal can be heard,” she wrote.

“The po­si­tion is that if I do not ob­tain a stay of the Tri­bunal’s or­ders then the ap­peal(s) will be­come point­less as the Supreme Court does not have power to re­in­state me in the event that I am suc­cess­ful on ap­peal.

“I will con­tinue to fight for what I con­sider to be a fair and just out­come in this mat­ter, both for my­self and for those who elected me.

“In par­tic­u­lar, I will not give in to those who wrongly seek to make this a po­lit­i­cal is­sue.”

The De­part­ment of Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment re­mained tight-lipped on the devel­op­ment. A spokes­woman said “it would not be ap­pro­pri­ate for the de­part­ment to com­ment fur­ther while the mat­ter is be­fore the courts”.

A City of Perth state­ment said its ad­min­is­tra­tive op­er­a­tions would be busi­ness as usual.

“Un­til such time as there is a devel­op­ment, the Lord Mayor re­mains in of­fice,” a spokes­woman said.

“This de­ci­sion does not change the ad­min­is­tra­tion’s fo­cus on con­tin­u­ing to serve the com­mu­nity and de­liver high-qual­ity ser­vices to ratepay­ers.”

I will con­tinue to fight for what I con­sider to be a fair and just out­come in this mat­ter, both for my­self and for those who elected me. - Lisa Scaf­fidi on Twit­ter

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